By Kirti Chakote
As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” Unfortunately, this saying can be applied to the Union Men’s Basketball team’s historic season after Wednesday night.
Putting together just the sixth 20th win season in program history, the 2012-2013 men’s basketball team (20-6 overall, 12-4 conference) has turned heads with their impressive wins and stats. The team suffered a close loss in the Liberty League Semifinal Men’s Basketball playoff game to RPI (17-10 overall, 11-5 conference), losing 85-77.
The Dutchmen have no reason to hang their heads. They made a valiant effort against the Engineers, and a few slight mistakes down the stretch cost them the game. Union had a 45-41 lead at halftime.
The Dutchmen led by six at 50-44 with 17:54 left in the second half, after a lay-up by Captain Joe Mason ‘13. But the Engineers went on a 13-1 run over the next four minutes.
RPI led by as many as 11 at 68-57 with 8:54 left. The Dutchmen got to within four with a 9-2 run, led by five points from guard Keith Callies ‘14 and it was 70-66 RPI with 5:25 left.
Later, with 34 seconds remaining, a lay-up by guard Matt Petrone ‘13 pulled Union to within three at 80-77. But the Engineers converted a three-point play for a six-point lead with 27 seconds left, and blocked a Union shot with 18 seconds left. Union fouled RPI to put Union at the line with 10 seconds left and both free throws provided the eventual 85-77 final for RPI.
In the final game of his career, star center Keven Donohue ‘13 scored 24 points, dished out three assists and grabbed 12 rebounds. Callies scored a career high 24 points, with three assists and two steals. Guard Terell Winney ‘15 added 14 points.
Recently, the Liberty League commended the men’s basketball team for its impressive performance this past season. Head Coach Bob Montana and Assistant Coach Pete Durr received the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year Award. This is Coach Montana’s third league coaching honor in his career.
Under Montana’s leadership, the team was ranked sixth in NCAA Division III in assist/turnover ratio, and led the Liberty League in scoring, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, assists and assist/turnover ratio.
In terms of players, Donohue was a unanimous first team Liberty League forward, and Mason joined him there as well. Winney was an honorable mention guard.
Although it was a great team effort this season, Union certainly would not have had such a great season without its senior star player, Donohue.
He has finished fifth in scoring all time for the Dutchmen at 1,499 points. He was named to the D3Hoops.com National Team of the Week, and also is a four-time honor roll recipient and three-time player of the week for the Liberty League this season.
Donohue will certainly go down as one of the greatest players to ever lace it up for the Dutchmen.
On discussing his legacy at Union, Donohue said, “At the beginning of every season, we have a quote that we want to follow. Since I have been here, it was to be ‘simply the best.’ This is what I strived for at Union, and what I will continue to do for the rest of my life.”